The Dude Abides: Every Jeff Bridges Movie, Ranked Worst to Best

From charming rascals to old coots, 'The Last Picture Show' to 'The Big Lebowski' – the iconic actor's greatest hits (and misses)

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43. 'The Giver' (2014)

Bridges was reportedly trying for years to adapt the first book of Lois Lowry's acclaimed Y-A dystopia, so it was heartbreaking to see the mess that eventually resulted. He plays the Receiver, soon to be the Giver – a kind of oracle-slash-wise-man who is the only person to have any knowledge of the world or history in the story's antiseptic futuristic wasteland. And we can see that he's enjoying himself – he can be as unkempt and gruff and emotive as he wants, because he's effectively the only character allowed to breathe any real life into this colorless dystopia. Too bad the movie falls apart around him.

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